William Sadler to Return as Grim Reaper in ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’

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The long-awaited third film in the “Bill & Ted” series is taking shape, as William Sadler, the actor who played the Grim Reaper in “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,” is reprising his role in the sequel.

The official Twitter feed for the film announced the news in a tweet Monday following many fan questions, confirming that Sadler’s version of Death will appear in “Bill & Ted Face the Music.”

Sadler joins Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter in the reunion film that follows the events of “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,” in which the now middle-aged Bill and Ted set out on a new adventure to fulfill their destiny as the band Wyld Stallions to bring harmony to the universe through the power of their music. Along the way, they will be helped by their families, old friends and a few music legends.

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In “Bogus Journey,” Bill and Ted were confronted by the Grim Reaper after they wound up dead and are forced to challenge him to games like Battleship, Clue and Twister in order to win their journey back from the afterlife.

“Face the Music” will begin production this summer, and the film will be released by Orion Pictures on Aug. 21, 2020 through the United Artists Releasing banner.

Dean Parisot (“Galaxy Quest,” “Red 2,” “Fun With Dick and Jane”) is directing the time-traveling buddy comedy based on a screenplay by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, who are returning to the franchise.

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Scott Kroopf is producing alongside Alex Lebovici and Steve Ponce on behalf of Hammerstone Studios. Steven Soderbergh will be executive producing along with R. Scott Reid, John Ryan Jr., Scott Fischer and John Santilli. Production legal will be handled by Rosen Stapleton Law Group.

Sadler is known for roles in “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Die Hard 2” and “Iron Man 3.” He most recently provided voice work on the animated series “Our Cartoon President” and appeared in an episode of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.” He’ll also be seen in the horror remake “Grudge.”

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Excellent! “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” the reunion film where Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves reprising their roles as the beloved time-traveling slackers, will open nationwide on Aug. 21, 2020.

Production is set to begin this summer on the third film in the franchise, Hammerstone Studios announced on Wednesday. Orion Pictures will release the movie through its United Artists Releasing banner.

Winter and Reeves released a brief announcement video from the Hollywood Bowl that the movie is “actually, hopefully” happening. Watch it above.

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“Bill & Ted Face The Music” follows the events of 1989’s “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and 1991’s “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,” with the now middle-aged best friends William “Bill” S. Preston, Esq. (Winter) and Theodore “Ted” Logan (Reeves) setting out on a new adventure to fulfill their rock and roll (Wyld Stallions) destiny to bring harmony to the universe through the power of their music. Along the way, they will be helped by their families, old friends and a few music legends.

Dean Parisot (“Galaxy Quest,” “Red 2,” “Fun With Dick and Jane”) is directing the time-traveling buddy comedy based on a screenplay by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, who are returning to the franchise.

Scott Kroopf is producing alongside Alex Lebovici and Steve Ponce on behalf of Hammerstone Studios. Steven Soderbergh will be executive producing along with R. Scott Reid, John Ryan Jr., Scott Fischer and John Santilli. Production legal will be handled by Rosen Stapleton Law Group.

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“Face the Music” was announced in May 2018, but even then Reeves had commented that he was uncertain if the film would be a “reality.”

“We’ve been trying for a long time to get that film made, and it still has its challenges,” Reeves said. “I really love the characters, and I think we have a good story to tell/ Part of it is show business stuff — financing, rights, deals. Nothing creatively.”

Reeves will next be seen in “John Wick: Chapter Three” and in the Netflix rom-com “Always be My Maybe.” Winter’s next project is a documentary on the life of the legendary rock artist Frank Zappa and another called “Showbiz Kids” for HBO and Bill Simmons’ Ringer Films.

The previous “Bill & Ted” films were box office successes, becoming cultural touch points for a generation and garnering a rabid cult following in the process.

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New ‘Toy Story 4’ Trailer Will Make You Cry as Woody Imagines Life on the Road (Video)

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Why do you have to do this to us Pixar? Does every new look at “Toy Story 4” have to make us cry this much?

The new trailer for “Toy Story 4” starts to try and answer those burning questions everyone had the first time around about the new character Forky, like his existential crisis and reason for existing. But it also grapples with Woody’s own purpose as a toy, something this franchise has done dating all the way back to the original. Oh, and it’s all set to the tune of “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys. They really know where to get us, don’t they?

“I was made to help this child,” Woody says. “I don’t remember it being this hard.”

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This latest trailer also introduces us to three new characters and brings back the original franchise’s Bo Peep, who is now an adventurous spirit living life as a toy on the road. Among the new characters are Gabby Gabby, voiced by Christina Hendricks, Duke Caboom voiced by Keanu Reeves, and Giggle McDimples, voiced by Alli Maki.

Here’s the full synopsis:

Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.

Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”), Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” ventures to theaters on June 21.

Watch the trailer above.

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Will Smith Explains Why He Turned Down ‘The Matrix’ to Star in ‘Wild Wild West’ Instead (Video)

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Will Smith wasn’t feeling the Wachowski’s pitch for “The Matrix,” so he dipped on the red and blue pill and opted to film “Wild Wild West” instead.

“This is one of them stories I’m not proud of, but it’s the truth,” Smith said in a video on his YouTube channel Wednesday. “But it ain’t like it would have been that. Keanu [Reeves] was perfect. Laurence Fishburne was perfect. If I had done it then Morpheus wouldn’t have been black because they were looking at Val Kilmer.”

It had been talked about in Hollywood for years, but earlier this week, Smith confirmed that he was pitched and, ultimately, turned down the role of Neo in “The Matrix.”

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“They came in and they made a pitch for ‘The Matrix’ and, as it turns out, they’re geniuses,” Smith said. “But there’s a fine line in a pitch meeting between genius and what I experienced in the meeting.”

In the video, Smith explained how the meeting went south for him and the pitch for the filmmakers’ vision didn’t make all that much sense to him.

Smith, at the time, was coming off the back-to-back successes of “Independence Day” ($817.4 million) and “Men in Black” ($589.4 million).

“The Matrix,” which came out in 1999, went on to gross $463.5 million at the worldwide box office and win four Academy Awards, while “Wild Wild West” grossed $222.1 million worldwide and was critically panned. It did give us one of the great movie theme songs, however.

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But it seems that Smith hasn’t always been the best judge of what projects to do… or not do. He describes in the video how Steven Spielberg called him to convince him to do “Men in Black,” when he was worried about being pigeonholed as “the alien movie guy.”

“He said, ‘Do me a favor, don’t use your brain for this one, use my brain,’” Smith said of his conversation with Spielberg.

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Keanu Reeves’ John Wick Has a Sword Fight on a Motorcycle in 1st ‘Parabellum’ Trailer (Video)

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John Wick and his dog are back for the third installment in the action franchise, and it’s as violent and insane as we’ve come to expect.

In “John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum,” Keanu Reeves’ namesake killer is excommunicated from the secret society of assassins after the events of the second “John Wick” film. With a $14 million bounty on his head, Wick has to allude assassins trying to collect that sum. But this time, Wick has some help from Halle Berry, who joins the cast and brings with her a pair of attack dogs of her own.

And if you think John Wick might’ve lost a step, the assassin gets into several sword and gun fights atop motorcycles and horses, or in the middle of the desert.

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“Nothing’s ever just a conversation with you John,” Berry’s character says in the trailer.

Ian McShane, Jason Mantzoukas, Angelica Huston and Laurence Fishburne also feature in the film. Chad Stahelski returns to direct the third film in the series. Derek Kolstad wrote the screenplay.

“John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum” will be released via on May 17.

Watch the first trailer for “John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum” above.

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Whoa! Keanu Reeves Suffers Career-Worst Box Office Opening With ‘Replicas’

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Nearly 20 years after starring in “The Matrix,” Keanu Reeves has suffered the worst wide-release box office opening of his career with “Replicas,” a sci-fi film shunned by audiences and critics alike.

The sci-fi movie grossed a mere $2.5 million from 2,329 screens, falling below tracker projections for a $4-7 million launch and earning a per screen average of just $1,073.

It is the lowest opening for a film starring Reeves that opened on more than 1,000 screens. The last time he had a launch this low was all the way back in 1990 with the TriStar crime comedy “I Love You to Death,” which opened to $4 million (or $8.3 million, after inflation adjustment).

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“Replicas,” released by Entertainment Studios, stars Reeves as a synthetic biologist who loses his family in a tragic accident. Driven mad with grief, he presses forward with an illegal experiment to create clones of his family, even as the scientific and international community hunts him down.

On Rotten Tomatoes, “Replicas” is the early standard for panned films in 2019, earning just 10 percent from critics. Audiences rejected the film as well with a C from CinemaScore polls.

The good news for Reeves is that 2019 can only get better from here. He will star this May in “John Wick: Chapter 3,” the latest installment in the Lionsgate assassin series that has grossed $259 million worldwide from two installments with a combined production budget of $60 million.

Reeves will also have a role in Pixar’s “Toy Story 4,” which is expected to be one of the top films of the year and a likely candidate to gross $1 billion worldwide.

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Keanu Reeves plays a doctor at an experimental research facility in the amusingly unconvincing “Replicas,” which is set in a Puerto Rico that looks like it has sustained no damage at all from Hurricane Maria, a visual decision that suits the totally unrealistic movie.

Reeves’ Will Foster is first seen waiting for a donated brain that is being brought to him via helicopter, and director Jeffrey Nachmanoff (“Traitor”) cross-cuts between Reeves anxiously staring at his watch and the brain being rushed into the facility. During an operation to place this brain into a robot body, Dr. Foster is asked, “Do you concur?” by a colleague and Reeves cries, “I concur!” in that ineffably stilted but enthusiastic Keanu-ish way.

Dr. Foster plays Dr. Frankenstein with this robot, urging it to relax once its brain has been turned on; the robot freaks out and tears itself apart, but nevertheless, Foster is encouraged. “This one spoke!” he cries optimistically before going home to his picture-perfect blonde wife Mona (Alice Eve) and their three rambunctious children. Mona has been given one line of dialogue here about being a doctor, but she looks and behaves like a personal trainer.

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It’s obvious that this “fill-in-the-blank” family is doomed from the moment they get in a car, even before it starts to rain and they have a near-miss collision with another car and then a tree quickly smashes through their windshield. This sequence of events is so rushed and careless that when Foster arranges the corpses of his family very neatly out on a road, it feels like he is just raking some leaves in his backyard.

Foster calls his work colleague and friend Ed (Thomas Middleditch), and when Ed sees the dead bodies he asks, “What the hell happened, man?” in such an un-excited, deadpan stoner way that it seems like the filmmakers might have been going for an intentional laugh here at the expense of their would-be narrative.

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In no time at all, Reeves’ Foster is taking the corpses home and urging Ed to help him clone them. “I’m not a freakin’ genie here,” Ed says in his usual detached way while Reeves cries things like, “Boot the mapping sequence in!” and speaks of the “neurofibrillary tangles” of memory. Foster sits down and processes the memories of his children and wife in a virtual-reality setting, but all we see are red veins flowing along while we hear innocuous meal-time-like shouts and murmurs.

Foster feigns illness to stay at home and work on his clone family, even though his boss Jones (John Ortiz) is demanding results for their robot-brain project. “I have to watch the pods!” Foster exclaims on the phone to Ed, just one of many line readings from Reeves that might earn an unintentional laugh from those who enjoy unintentional laughs.

The plotting of “Replicas” is so chaotic and overstuffed that a subplot where Foster continues text-message conversations for his dead children is swiftly introduced and then dropped, even though it has potential as an idea. The clone family is kept in water, and Ed warns Foster that they will age rapidly if they are not released soon. When clone Mona wakes up and things seem fine with her, Ed mutters, “We’re talkin’ Nobel Prize, right?” in his usual non-committed style.

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There are two instances in “Replicas” when a needle is plunged directly into an eye on screen, and this ocular violence seems wholly unnecessary and nasty given the “we couldn’t care less” vibe of all the other scenes. When Jones is turned into a villain who wants to monetize Foster’s findings, his dialogue is so ineptly would-be suave that it comes close to sounding surreal.

The chief distinction of “Replicas” is how detached it often is from the expected sense of words and images. There is a single shot of Reeves bolting down a hallway of his home in half-silhouette that carries a sense of urgency, and this shot sticks out because practically every other shot in the movie is so perfunctory.

Towards the end of “Replicas,” it is revealed that Foster deleted one of his three children out of scientific necessity, but this doesn’t seem to matter to anyone as much as the consistently silly delivery of lines like “Upload my neural map!” The neural map of “Replicas” is so lacking in meaningful activity that it might have been made by robots.



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Tim Allen: ‘Toy Story 4’ Cast Includes Keanu Reeves

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